A free flu jab will be available from June 1.
With a sharp increase in flu cases already, the State Government will fund flu vaccinations at GPs and pharmacies until June 30.
Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said there were 1,140 cases of respiratory illness this week, compared with 766 in the previous week.
“We strongly urge everyone over six months of age to get a flu shot as soon as possible to protect themselves and their loved ones, as the virus is easily spread and potentially deadly,” Dr Chant said.
NSW Health has permitted pharmacies to administer flu vaccines to children aged five years old, reduced from 10 years, making it easier for families to be vaccinated together. GPs will be reimbursed for any flu stock they have already purchased that is used in the month of June for this vaccination program.